ALDO shoes was founded as a footwear concession within a chain of popular fashion boutiques. The original group includes 4 Canadian stores in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg.
In 1978 the first freestanding ALDO store opens on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Canada, ending the practice of leased departments within the chain of clothing fashion boutiques.
In the 1980s and 1990s the company becomes independent and prospers. Over the course of the next 13 years, 95 freestanding stores operate under the trade name ALDO.
ALDO initiates its retail entry into the U.S. market. The first ALDO U.S. store opens near Boston, Massachusetts in 1993. Over the course of the next 9 years, approximately 125 stores open in the U.S. alone. By the end of this period ALDO also operates over 180 successful stores in regional malls and key fashion street locations in most major Canadian urban centers. In addition, the Group operates over 300 stores under 8 prominent retail banners, each catering to a distinct well-defined customer group.
in 1994 ALDO ventures outside of North America under a franchise agreement in Israel. ALDOï¿½s success in Israel sets the course for an International business model. ALDO grants franchise rights in United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states in 2001. A third franchise is granted in Saudi Arabia.
In 2002 ALDO graces the high streets of London, England, opening prime locations on Oxford Street and Neal Street. The brand also finds its way to the English countryside opening in mall locations including Basingstoke, Uxbridge, Camden, Croydon, Kent & Southampton.
ALDO expands to Asia, opening its doors in Singapore in 2003.
With the success of ALDO's stores in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, the brand continues since 2004 its global expansion into Portugal, Denmark, Malaysia, and Lebanon.
ALDO is on the rise with new market openings in Australia, Ireland, India, South Africa and Poland.
Another exciting year of growth was 2006, as ALDO opens in China, Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan.
in 2007 Turkey, Romania, Venezuela, Panama, Indonesia, Philippines, Ukraine, Mexico, Chile and Aruba all join the ALDO family.
in 2008 ALDO opens its doors in Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Croatia.
2009 new market launched in Cyprus, Spain, Vietnam and Hong Kong. By the end of 2009, over 900 ALDO stores are operating in 45 countries across all continents except Antarctica!